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THEE WE ADORE, O HIDDEN SAVIOUR, THEE (HYMN)

20 Jun

Adoro the devote

Thee we adore, O hidden Saviour, thee.

Who in thy Sacrament art pleased to be;

Both flesh and spirit in thy presence fail,

Yet here thy Presence we devoutly hail.

O blest Memorial of our dying Lord,

Who living Bread to men doth here afford!

O may our souls for ever feed on thee,

And thou, O Christ, for ever precious be.

Fountain of goodness, Jesu, Lord and God,

Cleanse us, unclean, with thy most cleansing Blood;

Increase our faith and love, that we may know

The hope and peace which from thy Presence flow.

O Christ, whom now beneath a veil we see,

May what we thirst for soon our portion be,

To gaze on thee unveiled, and see thy face,

The vision of thy glory and thy grace.

– St Thomas Aquinas, 1227-74

Tr. Bishop J. R. Woodford

 

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